Blue Chip Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip'
Pronunciation: ju-NIP-er-us hor-i-zon-TA-lis
|Description||A superior low evergreen shrub that displays beautiful silver-blue foliage on a widely spreading habit. The deer resistant foliage retains its rich color all year long. A durable, tough groundcover for edging driveways. Plant on slopes or along retaining walls for erosion control.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 1 ft. tall, spreading 6 to 8 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Ground Cover, Suitable for Topiary|
|Design Ideas||In very cold regions, this blue Juniper adapts well to snow and frost. Lovely when planted around boulders or in rock gardens, where its twisted branches can be trained to unique forms. A reliable plant for high desert with its rapidly fluctuating day and night temperatures. Thrives in rocky, thin mountain soils or the sandy gravel of inland deserts. Use on slopes for coverage or erosion control. Plant along retaining walls and curbs, where the creeping foliage will cover year-round. Good along the hot, glaring edges of paved streets and driveways.|
|Companion Plants||Rose (Rosa); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Catmint (Nepeta); Barberry (Berberis); Clematis (Clematis)|
|Care||Grows easily in average, well-drained soil, but adapts to a wide range of conditions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought in cooler regions. Space 5 ft. apart, as groundcover; control weeds with mulch until plants fill in.|
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